Well, now you do.
During my lunch break today, I was perusing blogs thanks to my WordPress app (hooray for smart phones!), and I read a post by Briana at Pages Undone about the Fantasy Read-A-Thon hosted by Debz Bookshelf. From October 17 (today!) to October 22 (Monday!), readers are encouraged to devote themselves to the fantasy genre.
And I know just the book I want to tackle:
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
I bought this book at the beginning of September, and I was really excited to read it. First of all, it’s King Arthur, and as much as I love King Arthur, most of my knowledge comes from movies, common knowledge, and the historically accurate BBC show Merlin. I haven’t really read much about Arthur. I’d like to read Le Morte d’Arthur, but I’m intimidated by it.
So when I found this book—one that I thought sounded familiar but couldn’t place—I decided this would be a good start to tackling the Arthurian legend and its subsequent adaptations and interpretations.
Then I cracked it open and read the first chapter. Yeah, I think I’ve seen this movie before.
See, it turns out that The Once and Future King is actually made up of four books:
- The Sword in the Stone,
- The Queen of Air and Darkness,
- The Ill-Made Knight, and
- The Candle in the Wind.
(“And it seems to me that you lived your life / like a candle in the wind…”
Oh. Sorry. I listen to a lot of office-friendly radio at work.)
Disney decided it wanted to tell a story King Arthur, so The Sword in the Stone was adapted and released in 1963. And yes, it is (as far as I can tell now on the eighth chapter) pretty true to its source material.
Which makes it hard for me to want to read it because I’ve already seen it.
That’s where this Read-A-Thon comes in. I’m going to devote the next five days to conquering this beast.
I’d add more books to read, but I also
- have to work,
- go to a wedding-thing,
- go to church,
- cuddle my baby niece, and at some point
- buy groceries.
But I am going to start reading tonight!
Right after Chicago Fire. Because I have priorities.
(C’mon guys, it’s a show about firemen. Firemen!)